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Overheard in the staffroom

The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at:www.tes.co.ukstaffroom What questions don't you answer?

Energyboy:My Year 11 form class today asked me how much I earn a year.

Normally I pride myself on answering any questions they may have, so I told them - pound;26k. This was met by a barrage of "I bet you shop in Lidl", "That's nothing", and "I wouldn't work for that".

Neil_L:"Sir, is it true you live with your mum?"

"Sir, are you a virgin?"

"Sir, are you into bondage?"

From my lovely, pleasant Year 10 girls.

angi: "Miss, do you smoke weed?" I'm a smoker and they know it. So they think I smoke all kinds of crap.

dollydipsy: "Do you think I'm good-looking enough to be a rent boy, Miss?"

Becoming an Academy

Lukassa: Has anyone gone through the transition from regular comprehensive school to academy? What was the transition like?

Pettya: Say goodbye to your pay and conditions rights.

Paultrfc: Say hello to an expensive, underachieving school... At least you may get a star on your name badge.

cheesywotsit: I worked for an academy for two years. More technology than you could shake a stick at, but no training on how to use it. Kids running riot and senior managers more interested in showing off their shiny new building to education ministers than actually supporting staff.

School-leaving age

Mandator: How many people think that the school-leaving age is too high?

MsAnonymous: If the retirement age is rising, so should the school-leaving age, or we're going to end up in a right old mess.

ElaineC: I think it would be a good idea to allow kids to leave when they reach 14, as my parents could. Even my age group could leave at 15, which most did, and society didn't fall apart.

Aber 1991: I think children should be allowed to leave school as soon as they are 13. "I do not like school" should be reason enough for a teenager to leave. A happy childhood is the best start in life anyone could have and the need to attend school is ruining many a childhood.

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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